Managing your time while learning online

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Many of us are experiencing new challenges as Trevecca shifts to an online-only learning format. For some, moving from in-person to online learning means adjusting to a whole new way of doing things. For others, learning online means adjusting to the distraction of family members or roommates who are working from home or children out of school who need to be cared for. 

The reality is all students are facing new challenges as a result of COVID-19. Whatever your new learning environment may look like, here are some time management techniques to keep you successful!

  • Set a schedule and stick to it. Self-discipline is the key to success in any learning environment, but especially online. Set a detailed daily schedule that includes class time, studying, completing online requirements and mealtimes. Be sure to create a schedule that will allow you a good night’s sleep, as this is extremely important for productivity. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day, which will reinforce your circadian rhythms and make it easier to stick to the schedule you set for yourself.  

  • Avoid multitasking. Multitasking online can turn into hours of black-hole internet searching or social media scrolling. Make a list of the readings and assignments that need to be done that day and tackle each, one at a time. Start with the item that will be the most difficult to complete and work your way to the easiest. This will keep you motivated as you complete each easier task on your list!

  • Limit distractions. Set up a workspace dedicated just to your schoolwork. If possible, create a space away from other family members or roommates so you can focus solely on coursework. Set a timer and work uninterrupted for that amount of time. If you have children at home who might make uninterrupted work time difficult, there are a number of online resources being offered to children for free during this time. Here is a link to a article listing a number of these options. 

  • Engage daily. One of the biggest adjustments for in-person learners moving online is the lack of classroom discussion. Commit to engaging in class discussions in your online forum so you can hear the perspective of others or start a Zoom study group, as allowed. 

  • Set goals and reward yourself! Create specific goals (hourly, daily, and so on) and deadlines to complete them. If you complete them by the deadline, reward yourself with a 20-minute break. Try to make this time something that does not involve a screen so you can give your eyes time to rest!

Your Trevecca faculty are committed to your education, so if you find yourself struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors for advice. If you dedicate yourself to this new way of learning and organizing your time, you will find that your learning experience can be as enriching as it would be in a classroom!

Also, consider contacting Academic Services if you are looking for help with test preparation, writing services or many additional services listed.